Is All Mold Testing Necessary... A Follow Up

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

A few days ago I wrote a piece entitled Is All Mold Testing Necessary. My aim was to  give an unbiased look at mold testing and its sometimes perceived necessity. One point of mine is if mold is visible there becomes no need to test it, but to simply remedy the cause and clean up the mold. Another instance I feel is a waste of a clients money is performing a mold test as part of a home inspection without cause.

A professional mold samplerWhen I say cause I am talking about having a good reason for testing. For instance is there a musty or foul order in the home. Does the client have a sensitivity and upon entering the home they experience a bad reaction. Not to the home, but a health reaction. These I would consider valid reasons to test.

I performed an inspection the other day for a young woman who was first off a great person to work for. She was very knowledgeable about homes so we enjoyed a good rapport. When she had initially called to inquire about the inspection we had discussed mold and mold testing.

She has a sensitivity to mold.

I gave her my opinion on mold and asked her if she experienced any reaction when in the house. She had not.

The day of the inspection when I got down to the finished, well sort of finished basement, it was clear there had been a water incursion at some point.

I would consider that a conducive condition.moldy walls

As I start looking around there was a closet in the corner with sheet rock walls. The other walls in the basement are covered in wood paneling. This gypsum board wasn't Chinese dry wall, but instead a fungal farm. Good old dry wall, nothing grows mold quite like it.

The funny thing was my customer had absolutely no reaction. Well that's not entirely true, she did react, it just wasn't the allergic type.

So what needs to be done? Very simply discover the source of the water and get rid of all the mold affect materials.

Bottom line; No mold testing required.

 

 

James Quarello
2010 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
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Former SNEC-ASHI President
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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

"Conditions present conducive to the amplification of mold(s) and fungi."

Are you SURE that's mold?

Sep 11, 2010 11:25 AM #1
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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James,

It makes sense to me.

Sep 11, 2010 12:01 PM #2
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David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
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Our opinion of need is not important. When the mortgagee says get rid of the mold, you say yes sir. If it is goinjg to be financed by FHA the property can rot in hell before it sells again.

Sep 11, 2010 12:45 PM #3
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Jim, nothing like a little "uncommon sense" when it comes to these matters :)

Sep 11, 2010 04:24 PM #4
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Jay, I didn't taste it, but I'm pretty certain.

Steve, You're a sensible guy.

David, I don't have a lot of knowledge regarding the financing aspects of buying a home. I can only imagine what may be required once a bank gets involved in a sale.

Charlie, There seems to be a lot of uncommon sense floating around about mold. At times it almost seems like fear and hysteria, but maybe I'm being a little dramatic.

Sep 12, 2010 12:55 AM #5
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

You must be sure to wear a full bunny suit and respirator on all of your home inspections from now on.  You can DEVELOP a reaction to mold after repeated exposures you know.

Oh, and don't worry about all of the spores in the "clean" outside air.  Outdoor air usually has an exponentially higher amount of spores but for some reason mold is only harmful until it is growing on a wall........

Sep 12, 2010 03:05 AM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well you should.  It tastes like chicken!

Sep 12, 2010 09:14 AM #7
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

There are literally thousands of kinds of mold/fungi that look and react differently once inhaled or absorbed in some way.  Some are totally benign and some are allergins (well the spores are).  I am actually allergic to 2 of the 40 kinds that I was tested for. I don't recommend a test unless there is some indication that a test is necessary. 

Sep 12, 2010 11:42 AM #8
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Jim, Bunny suit, LOL! I hear you load and clear. As I got older I developed a non allergic reaction to spring time pollen. I used to suffer for years and now I don't. Could it be possible peoples bodies change and what did not bother someone in the past is now an irritant? But I know that's just crazy talk ;)

Jay, Why does everything taste like chicken? I do love chicken though, Hmmm...

Jack, Actually there are millions, if not billions of types of molds and funji. A tiny percentage of which have been identified and classified.

Sep 13, 2010 01:03 AM #9
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